Position Description

Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health
Location United States
Department Cardiovascular Health
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making, advancing evidence-based public health policies and programs and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative that aims to save millions of lives by reducing preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease and to prevent infectious disease epidemics. Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) is housed within Vital Strategies. Since September 2017, Resolve to Save Lives has worked closely with low- and middle-income country governments, the World Health Organization, academic and other civil society partners to build capacity for and implement a core package of interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

Overall Role. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health will oversee implementation of the Resolve to Save Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative with a focus on large-scale hypertension management, global elimination of trans fat, and effective interventions to reduce sodium consumption. S/he will lead a small New York City-based team and staff and consultants working in more than 10 countries. Responsibilities include strategic and thought leadership, partnership and implementation strategy development, program evaluation and learning, staff management, and representation. Resolve’s cardiovascular health programming and surveillance is being supported in India, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Turkey and the PAHO region in partnership with national organizations. The SVP, Cardiovascular Health is expected to travel internationally approximately 30% of the time.


Key Responsibilities. Reporting to the Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, the Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health (CVH) shall have responsibilities such as but not limited to the following:

  1. Provide strategic leadership for high-quality implementation of a global, population-level initiative to reduce cardiovascular disease
  2. Provide support and guidance for prioritization and planning of hypertension treatment, trans fat elimination and sodium reduction activities in identified countries or regions
  3. Supervise and mentor the Resolve to Save Lives Country Leads in India, China and Ethiopia to successfully implement the CVH initiative
  4. Work closely with Resolve to Save Lives India, China and Ethiopia Country Leads and CVH team Directors to track and review progress and identify solutions to implementation challenges
  5. Establish and maintain productive relationships and support planning with the CVH initiative’s global partners including WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Bank and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator
  6. Foster and maintain high-level partnerships with key governmental and non-governmental organizations in program countries
  7. Lead the CVH initiative planning process, including budgeting, with input from the CVH team and in coordination with the RTSL Chief Operating Officer
  8. Provide thought leadership and guidance to the CEO on program direction, strategy, metrics and evaluation
  9. Collaborate with the RTSL Communications Director to ensure strategic and high-quality CVH communications / publications
  10. Represent RTSL and the CVH initiative in national and international forums, profiling and sharing lessons from the work
  11. Support the CEO to advocate for policy and systems change at international and national levels, when appropriate
  12. Support the CEO to develop progress reports to donors


Required Qualifications:

  • An MD degree (or related degree in clinical medicine) with at least 10 years of experience in public health program implementation and management
  • Master’s in public health or related degree is desired in addition to a clinical degree
  • Experience working in low- and middle-income settings, ideally within the public sector
  • Experience overseeing large-scale multi-stakeholder public health programs
  • Experience working on non-communicable disease prevention and control, and in clinical service delivery is preferred
  • Well-developed managerial skills, including organizing workflows, effective delegation and supervision, and supporting performance management of staff
  • Clear, effective and efficient communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver against tight deadlines
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and commitment to fostering harmonious and effective internal teamwork and partnerships across cultures
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity in the workplace and fostering a supportive work culture
  • Language(s) other than English desirable
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